Starting August 31st, PS Plus will jump in price for both European and Australian markets. If you purchase another year at the current price before August 31st, this will be added onto your existing PS Plus subscription.
The annual subscription will soon cost €60 – £50 – $80 AU. This is an increase of 10 of your local monetary units.
The prices will increase differently depending on the amount of subscription time you purchase. Quarterly subscriptions seeing the worst of it.
Quarterly will change from £14.99 to £19.99, a 33% increase and costing another £20 over the year.
Monthly jumps from £5.99 to £6.99, a 16% increase, amounting to an extra £12 each year.
Annual will go from £39.99 to £49.99, a 25% increase, an additional £10.
In Sony’s email to the customer, they state “As you are an existing member, this means that all recurring subscription fees payable by you on or after 31 August 2017 will be changed to the new price. Up until 31 August 2017, you may purchase a Playstation@Plus subscription at the current price, which will then be added (or “stacked on”) to your current membership period.”
In summation, if you want the service cheap, you should buy another year now or at least before Aug 31, and it will be added to your current subscription length.
Sony’s alternate choice to the customer was to simply cancel their PS Plus.
If you want to prevent your Playstation@Plus membership continuing at the new price, you will need to cancel it – turn OFF “auto-renew” in your account settings at least 48 hours before your next payment on or after 31 August 2017 is due. There’s some guidance on how to cancel your membership on Playstation.com”
The biggest thing to note is turning off ‘auto-renew’ at “least 48 hours before your next payment”. If you’ve ever tried to get a refund out of Sony you probably found them to be quite stingy (pro tip, I claimed my made-up son bought a game he wasn’t supposed to).
To give the new prices some context, the Americans pay $60 USD, which is worth £45, €51, and $75 AU. Sony currently has no comment about North American prices increasing.
Has PS Plus priced out of value for you?